From today's Office of Readings
Read these passages that reflect God's vegeance against a sinful nation and try to reconcile this image with the puffy spirituality of the day. God loves us, yes, but He is also to be feared if we reject His love:
I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:
"Strike the tops of the pillars
so that the thresholds shake.
Bring them down on the heads of all the people;
those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away,
none will escape.
Though they dig down to the depths of the grave,
from there my hand will take them.
Though they climb up to the heavens,
from there I will bring them down.
Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,
there I will hunt them down and seize them.
Though they hide from me at the bottom of the sea,
there I will command the serpent to bite them.
Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,
there I will command the sword to slay them.
I will fix my eyes upon them
for evil and not for good."
I can't help but be struck by how the first verse makes me think of the horror of the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.